Late deal struck
Steve Mercer will line up in the colours of Jackson Racing at TT 2018, having secured a late deal with the Preston-based team.
The Kent rider had been testing with the official Honda Racing team and was ready to deputise for Ian Hutchinson.
But with the Bingley rider having declared his fitness last week, Mercer will now ride a Honda Fireblade SP2 for Jackson Racing in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races.
The move sees him reunited with the team he’s enjoyed great success with, having ridden for them in 2011, 2012 and 2016, the latter seeing him have his most successful year so far around the Mountain Course when also riding Honda machinery.
Mercer equalled his best-ever result with eighth in the opening Supersport race, and backed this up with tenth in the Superstock, 11th in the second Supersport race and 12th in the RST Superbike Race.